Many first-time parents fall into the dangerous trap of thinking that for babies, a car seat is a car seat is a car seat. We often get asked if a convertible car seat
that is newborn-compatible can take the place of an infant car seat
. While it is understandable to have economic concerns to justify this idea, there are important reasons why you should invest in an infant car seat.
It meets AAP standards
It may seem more practical to purchase a convertible seat to use from birth through toddler years. However, this practice is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). After birth, infants must be brought home from the hospital in a rear-facing seat. Convertible car seats can be rear-facing but they are not recommended to be used to bring your baby home.
It is more portable and convenient
An ordinary convertible car seat typically remains installed at the back seat of the car and cannot be converted into a carrier. An infant car seat is much more convenient and makes moving baby around easier. It can be removed from its base and taken out of the car into your house, the clinic, or anywhere you need to take your newborn. Doing this means you won’t have to disturb your baby, and let them slumber in peace.
You can customize a travel system around it
Most strollers in the market today can take infant seats with the use of a car seat adapter
. Some manufacturers offer both a car seat and stroller from the same brand and they fit each other without adapters (Like Britax
, Peg Perego
, and Maxi Cosi
) This kind of compatibility allows you to customize a convenient travel system wherever you may go with your baby.